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Gordon Food Service is opening its first store in Detroit on Monday.

The food distributor and service supplier based in Wyoming, Michigan, said Wednesday  it is opening a "new concept" 16,000-square-foot grocery store at 2760 E. Jefferson near Jos Campau Avenue, in a spot formerly occupied by a Staples office supply store. The store will employ 30.

The new store is part of the company's work to update its locations "in terms of convenience and appeal to both our foodservice and home shoppers,” Tim Grabar, Gordon Food Service Stores president, said in a statement.

The store will sell fresh seasonal produce, meat and fish. Rotisserie and hand-breaded broasted chicken; fresh-squeezed orange juice and baked goods will be available.

The food distributor enters Detroit after serving restaurants for decades through its commercial food-service program.

Gordon Food Store's Detroit location would be less than a mile from a $60-million mixed-use development Meijer is building with a new 42,339-square-foot "small format" store at 1475 E. Jefferson; that is slated to open in fall 2019. Harbortown Market is a half-mile northeast of the new Gordon location.

"It's great to see another national retailer coming to the city and another vacant commercial space being put back to use," John Roach, the city of Detroit's director of media relations, said in an email. "Gordon Food Service's entry into Detroit is an indication they are seeing the rapid growth of new restaurants in the city and a business opportunity to support them."

GFS, founded in 1897, is the largest family business in the foodservice industry. It operates more than 170 locations in the United States.

Monday's grand opening begins at 7 a.m.

bnoble@detroitnews.com

 

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